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Poetry readings

MANCHESTER: Poets and Players

Date: Saturday 25 February, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM
Price: Free
Venue address:
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

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Our next event will feature poets Jane Yeh, Hannah Lowe and Ian Humphreys with music from Matthew Halsall. The venue is the Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER, time 2.30-4.00 This is a free event open to all and there’s no need to book.

Jane Yeh is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University. Her first collection of poems, Marabou, was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. She was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society for her second collection, The Ninjas, which was published by Carcanet in 2012. She lives in London.

Hannah Lowe's first poetry collection Chick won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection and was short-listed for the Forward, Aldeburgh and Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prizes. In September 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets. She has also published three chapbooks, and a memoir Long Time No See. Her latest poetry collection is Chan.

After moving to West Yorkshire from London, Ian Humphreys began writing poetry and prose in 2013. His work has featured in anthologies and magazines including Poetry News, Ambit and The Rialto. He won the 2016 Hamish Canham Prize and the PENfro Open Poetry Competition in 2013. His fiction has been shortlisted three times for the Bridport Prize. Ian holds an MA in Creative Writing from MMU and is a fellow of the Complete Works III, which promotes diversity and quality in British poetry. A portfolio of his poems will be published in a Bloodaxe anthology in late 2017.

Manchester based trumpeter, composer, record label boss, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall is one of UK music’s brightest talents. A gifted trumpeter with a beautiful, expressive tone, his heart-warming music draws on his love of the transcendental spiritual and modal jazz of Alice and John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as more contemporary dance music and electronica. His unique sound has won him fans from Gilles Peterson to MOJO Magazine, with the Independent On Sunday describing his music as “Rain-streaked spiritual jazz from Manchester” and Time Out Magazine hailing his “hypnotic grooves and life-affirming glow”.

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